Det är ytterligare ett bakslag för Reids reformplan, som också fått kritik av de liberala/progressiva Demokraterna som anser att förslaget blivit alltför urvattnat. En som dock gick emot den liberala kritiken var tidigare president Bill Clinton som skrev:
"This is a good bill. It increases the security of those who already have insurance and gives every American access to affordable coverage; and contains comprehensive efforts to control costs and improve quality, with more information on best practices, and comparative costs and results. The bill will shift the power away from the insurance companies and into the hands of consumers.
Our only responsible choice is the path of action. Does this bill read exactly how I would write it? No. Does it contain everything everyone wants? Of course not. But America can't afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Take it from someone who knows: these chances don't come around every day. Allowing this effort to fall short now would be a colossal blunder -- both politically for our party and, far more important, for the physical, fiscal, and economic health of our country."
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